Excalibur is not a thing, something you can hold in your hand.
Excalibur is the good in you.
The power to do good, to stand up for what's right, to slay dragons, to capture bank robbers.
You always carry Excalibur in your heart.

Robert Tinnell, Kids of the Round Table (1995)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Legends of Tomorrow Update

It was announced late last year that an upcoming episode of the CW series Legends of Tomorrow would be titled "Camelot/3000." Immediate speculation online (see for example https://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/12/01/legends-tomorrow-bringing-camelot-3000/)  suggested a connection to the comic book series Camelot 3000 (details on the series at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camelot_3000), but series co-creator/executive producer Marc Guggenheim has finally pronounced on the episode's content in a recent interview for IGN (http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/01/31/legends-of-tomorrow-captain-cold-is-still-joining-the-legion-of-doom), where he explains:
Yeah, that's a great episode. Actually Phil [Klemmer] and I were just on the editing room for that yesterday. I think the show does a great job with the production value and creating different time periods and Camelot sets a new bar. I will say, just managing expectations, we are not doing our adaptation of Camelot 3000 by Mike W. Barr. That slash in the title, Camelot/3000 is very much there for a reason. I'll just say it takes place in two time periods - the year 3000, and it takes place in Camelot. I was like, if we have an episode where we happen to be in Camelot and we happen to be in the year 3000 and we don't call it some variation of Camelot 3000, we're doing something wrong. That's sort of all I'll say.
Further details to follow as they become available. The episode is set to air on 21 February 2017.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Medieval in American Popular Culture sessions

Our affiliate, Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture is sponsoring a session on "The Medieval in American Popular Culture: Reflections in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Prince Valiant." Complete details can be found at our main site at http://medievalinpopularculture.blogspot.com/2017/01/call-for-papers-medieval-in-american.html.